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Jagr Scores 700th Career Goal, Devils Cruise Past Islanders

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Jaromir Jagr joins the 700 goal club as the Devils rout the Islanders, 6-1.

Jagr Scores 700th Career Goal, Devils Cruise Past Islanders

Jaromir Jagr became the 7th player to score 700 career goals in the New Jersey Devils' 6-1 blowout win over the injury-ridden New York Islanders. The Devils' offense continued to roll as they scored five goals in two consecutive games for the first time this season. In addition, the power play has been red hot. The Devils are now 6 of 11 with the man advantage in the last two games.

Jagr reached the milestone during a four goal explosion in the second period. Like most of his previous 699 goals, Jagr showcased his skill as he stick handled through a crowd of Islander players and banked a shot off Islanders' defenseman Andrew MacDonald's skate into the net. Jagr joined Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, and Mark Gartner in the 700 goal club. Also, he collected his 1,040th assist during the game, which moved him into a tie for 9th place all-time in assists with Dionne.

The Devils were dominant in all phases of the game. They peppered the Islanders with 35 shots and only gave up 19. The Devils' top-ranked penalty kill also killed all three of the Islanders' man advantages.

Martin Brodeur received his first start in net in over month and played relatively well in what could be his final game as a Devil. The trade rumors did not affect Brodeur as he stopped 18 of 19 shots and made huge saves in the first period that preserved the Devils' early one goal lead.

The Islanders pulled goaltender Evegeni Nabakov for Anders Nilsson after two periods. Nabakov surrendered five goals on 19 shots. Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal for the Isles to cut the lead to 3-1 in the second period, but the Devils were never threatened.

Adam Henrique scored the game's opening goal five minutes into the contest for his 17th tally of the season and third over two games. With Casey Cizikas in the box, Henrique chipped the puck on his knees over Nabakov for the early lead.

In the second period, Jagr tallied his historic goal for the 2-0 lead, which ignited the Devils' four goal period. After a Colin McDonald roughing penalty, Ryane Clowe went top shelf a minute later for his second goal in two games that made it 3-0. The Islanders responded to cut it to 3-1 when Okposo deflected Thomas Vanek's shot into the net. 

The Devils tallied their third power play goal of the night following a Mike Halmo interference penalty. Defenseman Marek Zidlicky's one-timed the puck past Nabakov from the left circle. New Jersey added their final goal of the period following a clean offensive zone entry by center Andrei Loktionov, who then set up defenseman Mark Fayne for a one-time slapshot that beat Nabakov.

The frustration of the blowout boiled over when Islanders' defenseman Travis Hamonic went after winger Ryan Carter during a change. After Carter laid a hit on MacDonald, Hamonic skated after him and punched him several times. Hamonic received a 10-minute game misconduct and it gave the Devils a power play for the rest of the game. Eric Boulton went on to make things worse for the Isles. He was tossed after he cross checked Zidlicky to make it a 5-on-3 power play for the Devils. Gelinas made them pay with a signature slap shot goal past Nilsson.         

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